A simple hack involving four large screws can cut your painting time in half! Learn how to paint shutters to add instant curb appeal to your home's exterior.

Painting shutters might seem like a no-brainer, but if you start painting on a flat surface, you're already doing it wrong. When painting shutters, there is a nifty trick that will allow you to paint quickly, evenly, and in a manner that allows you to continue painting while the first side dries. This simple hack is made possible with just four simple screws. Learn how to paint shutters with our step-by-step instructions for a quick curb appeal pick-me-up.

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How to Paint Shutters

Before you begin, give your shutters a good scrub with a degreaser or all-purpose cleaner. This will help remove dirt and allow new paint to better adhere to your shutters.

Supplies Needed

  • Drop cloth
  • Shutters
  • Drill
  • #10x3-inch drywall or all-purpose screws
  • 2 sawhorses
  • Spray paint

Step-by-Step Directions

Before you begin painting shutters, check for chipping or peeling paint. If your shutters are in good condition, you can skip priming. If not, sand, wipe with a tack cloth, and prime your shutters before spray painting.

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Step 1: Drill Temporary Supports

Make painting shutters easier by putting supports in the ends of the frames. Predrill each end of the frames with a pair of #10x3-inch drywall or all-purpose screws, and screw them in about an inch or so. These will stick out far enough to balance the shutter between two work benches. You'll also want to place a drop cloth beneath your workspace before you start painting to catch any drips.

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Step 2: Spray Paint

Space the shutters on sawhorses so they are supported by the screws, not the frame itself. Paint one side of the shutters with a spray can or brush. Read the manufacturer's instructions to learn how to get the most even coverage.

Editor's Tip: Remember to always work in a well-ventilated area when using spray paint.

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Step 3: Paint Second Side

When one side of the shutter is painted, grasp the screws at one end and flip the shutter so the other side of the shutter is supported on the screws. This way you don't have to wait until the paint on the first side dries. Paint the second side and let it dry.

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
August 16, 2019
We have metal shutters on the outside of our brick Ranch House! We've been in this house for 10 years (and like it a lot1) but our shutters are getting kind of rusty, and we want to paint them a light turquoise. We're painting our front door a sweet color of pink. Obviously, we live in Florida!!! Do we have to lightly sand these metal shutters to get the "rust dots" off of them? WE don't feel we can leave the rusty part on there and add new paint. Also, what type of paint would be the best for these exterior shutters? We'd really like to make it look jazzy! We also come complete with a few Pink Flamingos in the front & back yard. The back yard has a nice big blue/turquoise pool lining!!!! Whatever you can suggest would be appreciated. Terry & Wendy Bishop in Gulf Breeze, FL